Our panel weighs in on this week's episode, which features the Oscar-winner as a high school sex ed teacher
Gwyneth Paltrow returned to Glee last night to talk about sex (baby). Back as substitute teacher Holly Holiday—this time filling-in as a sex-ed instructor—Paltrow partnered up with Matthew Morrison's Mr. Schuester to teach the students of McKinley High the facts of life. With fellow Schuester love interest Emma heading up the school's celibacy club, tension—sexual or otherwise—was abound everywhere this week.
To help make sense of the episode, we have a panel of musical theater and pop culture buffs—Meghan Brown, Patrick Burns, and Kevin Fallon—to provide their takes on how realistic the show feels, how well the romances develop, and of course, how good the musical numbers are.
Here's what they had to say:
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Kevin Fallon (writer and producer for The Atlantic's Culture channel): Gwyneth Paltrow brought sexy back to Glee this week, and was, if possible, even sassier and sultrier than the last time she appeared on the show. To mark the occasion, Matthew Morrison even took a week off from his crooning the joys of bumping and grinding in the rain (hear that here) to join Paltrow's Holly Holiday in preaching the virtues of abstinence and safe sex. And, boy, could the kids use some sex education.
We learn that Finn's belief last season that he fathered Quinn's baby without ever actually doing the bedroom duet was just the tip of the iceberg of his ignorance about sex. Mercedes gets confused during a condom demonstration and believes cucumbers give you AIDS. Brittany thinks a nesting stork is about to bring her a baby. Kurt mistakes making cat claws while doing the pony for sexy dancing. Even the adults are painfully oblivious: Emma thinks "Afternoon Delight" is a celebration of America and fireworks, and nooners are desserts at lunchtime.
And I hope you held on to your bobby socks, because the journey from the opening scene with the